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Celebrity Deaths in Literature

  • Deborah "Duchess of Devonshire" Cavendish, 94 (1920 - 2014)

    Deborah "Duchess of Devonshire" Cavendish

    DANICA KIRKA, The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Deborah, the dowager duchess of Devonshire, the last of the witty, unconventional Mitford sisters, died Wednesday, her son said. She was 94. Brought up in Oxfordshire, England, Deborah was the youngest of the six sisters, including the novelist and historian Nancy Mitford, and writer and social activist Jessica Mitford. Two other sisters...

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  • J. California Cooper (2014)

    J. California Cooper

    DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, The Associated PressSEATTLE (AP) — Prolific writer J. California Cooper, who was writing plays until Alice Walker suggested she switch to short stories and novels, because they were an easier path to a paycheck, has died at age 82.Cooper died early Saturday after experiencing several heart attacks over the past few years, her daughter Paris Williams said Tuesday.She...

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  • Graham Joyce, 59 (1954 - 2014)

    Graham Joyce

    The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Graham Joyce, one of Britain's best known fantasy writers, has died from complications of lymphoma cancer, an ilness he had blogged about extensively. He was 59.Joyce died Tuesday afternoon in a hospital near his home in Leicester, a city north of London, said Simon Spanton, associate publisher of the science fiction and fantasy imprint of Orion Books.Several...

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  • Valeri Petrov, 94 (1920 - 2014)

    Valeri Petrov

    The Associated PressSOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Valeri Petrov, Bulgaria's most prominent contemporary poet, who translated the complete works of Shakespeare, has died at age 94.Petrov's family said he died Wednesday in a Sofia hospital following a stroke.Valeri Nissim Mevorah, better known by his pen-name, Valeri Petrov, was born on April 22, 1920, in Sofia to a Jewish father and Bulgarian mother...

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  • Simin Behbahani, 87 (1927 - 2014)

    Simin Behbahani

    The Associated PressTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Famed Iranian poet Simin Behbahani, who wrote of the joys of love, demanded equal rights for women and spoke out about the challenges facing those living in her homeland, died Tuesday at the age of 87.Behbahani had been hospitalized and unconscious in Tehran since Aug. 6 and later died of heart failure and breathing problems, Iran's official IRNA news...

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